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June 20: Forum on "The Struggle Against Racism in the Obama Era"

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  • Kevin Lindemann and Cathy Campo
    From the National Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression/Chicago Branch (this event is free and open to the public; please circulate widely): June 4,
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    From the National Alliance Against Racist and Political
    Repression/Chicago Branch (this event is free and open to the public;
    please circulate widely):

    June 4, 2009

    Dear Members and Friends,

    The second quarterly membership meeting of the National Alliance Against
    Racist and Political Repression will be held on June 20, 2009 at 2:00 PM
    at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church, at 5710 W. Midway Park.

    “The Struggle Against Racism in the Obama Era” is the topic of
    discussion. We will bring together a panel of three outstanding
    advocates of human rights. Cathy Cohen is David and Mary Winton Green
    Professor of Political Science and Deputy Provost for Graduate Education
    at the University of Chicago; Jorge Mujica is a journalist, union
    organizer and a leader in the historic movement for immigrant rights
    that has brought out hundreds of thousands into the streets of Chicago;
    and Nancy Mikelsons is a Board Member of the Chicago Committee to Defend
    the Bill of Rights and the former Chairperson of the Prison and Jails
    Project of the John Howard Association.

    The theme of the forum flows out of remarks that Angela Davis made at
    our recent Human Rights Awards program. She observed, “As much as we
    are told today that racism has receded and that President Obama’s
    election was the last major blow to the racial barrier, that simply
    isn’t true. The institutions of racism have very long memories and
    even Blacks and Latinos continue to practice various forms of
    prejudice.” She called for finding a “new language” for discussing
    racism, e.g. language that does not allow discussion of race matters to
    be called racist, but that focuses on white supremacy specifically and
    not some generalized notion of racism.

    A part of the discussion should center on the continual refusal of U. S.
    Political leaders to face up to the on-going manifestation of white
    supremacy in this country and their refusal to participate in the recent
    Durban Review Conference held in Geneva, Switzerland to review
    implementation of the Durban Declaration and Program of Action against
    Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance.

    Your input is important in helping to turn discussion into a program of
    action. Please come and bring a friend.

    [A printable flyer for this even is attached.]

    Yours in Struggle,

    Clarice Durham

    Ted Pearson
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